New show: Aoelian – of the wind

I’m in a show that opens Friday November 25, the day after Thanksgiving, from 7 – 10 PM at Arts 5th Ave. Cast aside the usual Black Friday Shopping Madness (except for art shopping) and join us! Arts 5th Ave is a cozy fun environment nestled snugly in the heart of Historic Fairmount in Mid-South Fort Worth. This will be fairly different than the show that just…

B/W&C opening

B/W&C show – update with images

The B/W&C show has come to a close and we’ve pulled the pieces from Gallery 414. It was a great success. We had close to 200 people (at best count) to the opening on October 22, and a respectable stream of visitors on the following weekends. Many thanks to Leo Wesson and Kipp Baker for agreeing to participate with me in this endeavor, and especially…

Hanging the show at Gallery 414

B/W&C Opening tonight (October 22)

The show is hung, the food (and beer) is bought! Tonight is the opening for our show at Gallery 414. You’ll see me and photographer/friends Kipp Baker and Leo Wesson. We’ll be standing around, awkwardly waiting for people to ask us about the work and the like. Mostly we are looking forward to getting a chance to visit with friends and family. Opening is from…

Update – show this fall at Gallery 414

Okay – mark your calendars: I now have dates for the fall show I’m doing with Leo Wesson and Kipp Baker at Gallery 414. Opening will be Saturday, October 22 from 6 to 9 PM; show will be up from October 22 through November 20, and the gallery will be open during that period on Saturdays and Sundays. Gallery 414 is located at 414 Templeton, in…

Preliminary announcement: show this fall

Just a quick “reserve this date” thing. I’m on the calendar, awaiting final dates for a show this fall at Gallery 414, here in Fort Worth.  I’ll be showing there with a couple of old long-time photographer friends, Kipp Baker and Leo Wesson. Still in the planning stages, but should be mostly new paintings, with a few older, larger pieces. Plus photos by Leo and…

Ralph Art Website relaunched

Woo hoo! The new Ralph Art website is now officially live!  I cut over the DNS for https://ralphwordpress02-ralphart.rhcloud.com a little while ago, so now the redesigned site is the one you’ll see when you go there. If you are curious or bored, the old site, with all its warts and poor display on mobile devices, is still visible at http://old.ralphart.com. The last redesign (mostly just…

New website!

Just doing the soft launch of the new Ron Crouch /  Ralph Art website. For now the URL is http://new.ralphart.org. After I’ve made sure I’ve gotten all the rough edges sanded away I’ll be changing that to http://www.ralphart.org. The old site is still at https://ralphwordpress02-ralphart.rhcloud.com — haven’t quite decided what to do with that. I may eventually point that at *this* site. If you see…

Fear of bad art

The most debilitating thing from a creative point of view is what I call “fear of bad art.” It’s when, rather than make some piece of art that turns out badly, you’d rather make nothing at all. Guess what: that means you’re doomed to never make anything. You might as well admit it now and start selling your paints. Fear of bad art is really…

Titles

Once upon a time, I liked coming up with what I considered at the time “clever” titles. I aspired to have them be poetic, quirky, enigmatic, witty. At the time I was painting these big abstract color field paintings (this was circa 1974). Sample title from my undergraduate days: “Possessing not the dancer’s grace, I turn instead to wine.” Oh I loved that title. Better,…

A painting progression – Kipp

Finished a painting of my friend Kipp the other day which turned out pretty well. I actually thought to take progression photos along the way (smartphones are actually good for something other than texting), and thought it might be of interest to others to see how a painting takes shape. First — I usually start off by doing an underpainting or sketch in burnt sienna.…

New Painting: Texting Women

After a prolonged period of non-art production, I’ve actually been fairly busy, comparatively speaking, since last December. The other day I finished “Texting Women” (title subject to change), which I started not too long ago. Apologies for the awful photo; it was shot with my cell phone. Done in oils, finished size is 30 x 40. Source: Ralph Art Blog